DUBAI: Simon Taufel, the 5-time ICC Umpire of the Year, has mentioned that the 2011 World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan in Mohali was in itself like a final.
India had managed to defeat Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup semi-final by 29 runs to enter the final of the event.
“The semi-final in Mohali was certainly a wonderful occasion and in a lot of ways, it was a final in itself. It seemed like the whole world was watching us, it seemed like the whole world had their private jets parked at Chandigarh Airport,” Taufel advised ICC.
“Already the city of Mumbai was in celebration mode in anticipation of what I would call a second final of the 2011 Cricket World Cup,” he added.
Talking concerning the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka at Wankhede, Taufel mentioned: “You look at the full house of the crowd and the noise that is going on, and I remember turning to Aleem and said ‘good luck hearing anything tonight and may all of your outside edges be loud ones’.”
“Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd! India lift the World Cup after 28 years!” these phrases by Ravi Shastri of M.S. Dhoni after the wicketkeeper-batsman hit a humongous six towards Sri Lanka pacer Nuwan Kulasekara in the summit conflict of the 2011 ICC World Cup on the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai nonetheless reverberate in the ears of each Indian citizen.
“I remember the ball being hit out of the park and in some ways, you think ‘thank god that is over and we’ve got through the event relatively unscathed’. While other people are celebrating or other people are consoling each other, for us umpires it is all about the sense of relief that we have actually gotten through it,” mentioned Taufel.
“Nothing significant or major has happened to be a talking point or a distracting issue from an umpiring team perspective and that is a great thing and we can just walk in the room and just relax now,” he added.
With that monstrous six towards Kulasekara, Dhoni not solely gave tens of millions of Indians a reminiscence value revisiting all through their lives but in addition fulfilled the lengthy-cherished dream of legend Sachin Tendulkar, who had, till then, virtually all of the trophies in his cupboard besides the World Cup. Tendulkar, generally known as the ‘God of Cricket’, had waited 22 years to elevate the trophy and on April 2, 2011, his dream lastly got here true at his residence floor.